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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Conquest
By Louis Untermeyer
 
YOU have not conquered me—it is the surge
  Of love itself that beats against my will;
It is the sting of conflict, the old urge
  That calls me still.
 
It is not you I love—it is the form        5
  And shadow of all lovers that have died
That gives you all the freshness of a warm
  And unfamiliar bride.
 
It is your name I breathe, your hands I seek;
  It will be you when you are gone.        10
And yet the dream, the name I never speak,
  Is that that lures me on.
 
It is the golden summons, the bright wave
  Of banners calling me anew;
It is all beauty, perilous and grave—        15
  It is not you.
 
 
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